About the Society
Arkansas Society of CPAs (ARCPA) is Arkansas's premier professional home for CPAs and accounting professionals, serving the profession with integrity.
With over 105 years of service to the accounting profession, the mission of ARCPA is to promote and engage members for growth and success through advocacy, education, networking, and mentorship.
29th Annual Student Education Fund Golf Tournament
U.S. Beneficial Ownership Information Registry Now Accepting Reports
January 1, 2024 -Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) began accepting beneficial ownership information reports. The bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act, enacted in 2021 to curb illicit finance, requires many companies doing business in the United States to report information about the individuals who ultimately own or control them.
Posted on January 8, 2024
BOI: Corporate Transparency Act and CPA Firms
Enacted as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act and amending the Bank Secrecy Act, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is intended to close a perceived information gap related to money laundering and other illicit acts. The CTA requires reporting companies to self-report information to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (Fin-CEN) about their beneficial owners and company applicants. Determining whether a company is considered a “reporting company” and whether an individual is considered a “beneficial owner” or a “company applicant” under the CTA is complex, and failure to comply with the CTA can result in civil or criminal penalties (or both). For instance, the failure to comply with the statutorily-mandated reporting timeframes regarding the filing of initial or updated reports could result in a $500-per-day penalty (up to $10,000) and up to two years of imprisonment. Additionally, any person who, without authorization, knowingly discloses or uses beneficial ownership information (BOI) can be fined $500 per day (up to $250,000) and imprisoned for up to five years.
Posted on January 2, 2024